Preliminary Mental Health Screening Tools
Note: These are broad-based tools
Screening tool (with link)
Time required to complete
Ages 1½–5 and 6–18 years
Parent, teacher and patient, depending on version
Provides information on general functioning (social skills, family relationships, learning).
Children’s Sleep Habits Questionnaire
4-10 years of age
Requires permission from developer, Judith Owens
Evaluates sleep based on the child’s behaviour within 8 different subscales: bedtime resistance, sleep onset delay, sleep duration, sleep anxiety, night wakenings, parasomnias, sleep disordered breathing, daytime sleepiness.
4 years and older
Parent and self-report
Brief screening questionnaire used by paediatricians and other health professionals to improve the recognition and treatment of psychosocial problems in children.
Provides a starting point to screen for 18 mental health issues.
Elementary through high school
Parent/ patient or teacher
Non-validated but exhaustive screening tool for over 23 mental health conditions.
High school to late teens
Patient and parent
Non-validated tool but recommended to collect systematic information from the patient and parent about various disorders, including learning, development and personality difficulties.